Another paypal email scam making the rounds

Another fake PayPal email scam is making its way around the Internet, as today I received yet another scam email seeking PayPal user response. The subject heading in my phony email is: Important: We noticed unusual activity in your PayPal account (Ref #PP-765-263-398-495)

Your email subject may be different.

There is a web site page with information on PayPal scams;



Is sharecouponcodes a scam, fraud, or something else?

Authors of ebooks are always an open target for scams and other nasty business. Today I was notified of yet another site I never heard of offering one of my free ebooks, this time with a coupon code and a “Buy from Amazon” button.

A “Buy from Amazon” button for a free ebook, plus offering a coupon code for a special discount seems a bit much even it the outfit offering this ebook is an Amazon affiliate.

I mean, c’mon, offering to sell a free ebook? With a coupon code? That is so wrong.

I don’t have a coupon code for this or any other ebook on Amazon. Heck, I don’t have hardly any of my ebooks on Amazon because of the problems I’ve had with them over the years.

Is this coupon code site some kind of scam or fraud perpetrated on Amazon? Or just another Amazon affiliate?
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Link to web page where you can see the buy from Amazon buttons:

(Page link active on August 30, 2014, but I don’t know how long the site will be around.)
Other ebook authors might want to check their listings on this site.

This could be some sort of Amazon affiliate site, but having a buy from Amazon button for a free ebook seems to be a little much.

UPDATE: Reply from Amazon Support states “…can confirm we are not affiliated with this website.” The reply doesn’t go on to say whether or not the site is operated by an affiliate or what, if anything, Amazon may do about the site. I’ve replied to Amazon asking for clarification.

New scam hitting credit card owners

A new and sophisticated scam is hitting owners of credit cards, and it’s a doozy.

Andy Welch, music editor at The Press Association and writes for NME, The Smith Journal and whoever else will have him, wrote recently about his experience being scammed by this latest approach.

Here is a quote from his blog post. A link to his full explanation of how the scammers pull it off is at the end of the quote.

“Hello Mr Welch. Visa Card Services here.” That was the line with which my nightmare started one Sunday morning, hungover, sitting on the sofa trying to piece together the night before. The landline rang. I was surprised because I’d only given the number to about three people.

The person on the other end of the phone – Mark – told me there had been a number of fraudulent transactions on my bank account since midnight, adding up to about £1,100. I’d never heard of Visa Card Services before, but then I’d never had money stolen like this before. Maybe this is what happens?

He then confirmed the last genuine withdrawal I’d made – at the Barclays opposite Highbury & Islington station – gave me a reference number and told me to ring the number on the back of my bank card.

I did just that, quoted the reference number and spoke to someone who knew all about the supposed fraud. These cunning tricksters had apparently cloned my card at the ATM I’d used and then treated themselves to a few things in the Apple Store on Regent Street. Something didn’t ring true about the whole thing – why would someone with a stolen bank card only spend £400 in the Apple Store, for starters? But I watch enough bullshit consumer TV, the kind of thing presented by that estuary gargoyle Dominic Littlewood, to know that these things happen.

The person now helping me, Rajesh Khan in HSBC’s card protection department, had all my details; full name, date of birth and, crucially, my address. That was the clincher for me, and when he said a courier was on the way to collect my bank card for further examination, I didn’t need to tell him where I lived. I initially flinched at the idea, but when he explained it was needed to properly analyse the chip, it seemed to make sense. After all, I’d called the bank myself, this was no cold call, and he had all my details already. That’s probably the same reason I typed my PIN number into the keypad of my phone.

“It’s OK, Mr Welch, we can’t see it, but we need to perform a PIN block.” “I’ve never heard of that,” I said, “but fair enough.” I packaged the card up as requested – wrapped up snugly in kitchen roll, packed into an envelope so it didn’t look like a bank card – and waited for the courier to arrive. Rajesh called back twice, once to say the car was five minutes away, and again to say it was outside, quoting the car’s number plate and describing the driver.


Read the full article on Andy’s blog here.

Another ebook author scam tied to Download Provider

This morning I received notice that my ebook “If I Only Had A Tattoo” was being promoted on a typepad site containing a Download link to fee-for service site Download Provider which, if you read my previous post on Download Provider, has a history of complaints against it.

The description for my ebook contained a bunch of gibberish only good for search engines attracting traffic to this site.

On the site were: a work on Baseball by Peter Morris, William J. Ryczek, Jan Finkel and Leonard Levin; work by Susan Spalding, Armando C. Alonzo, and other authors.

The site containing my ebook, and those listed above, is

I don’t know if those authors have given permission to promote/sell their works on Download Provider or through any site run by typepad, but I know I didn’t.

I wrote to typepad and am awaiting their reply to my request for removal of my unauthorized copyrights. You may want to check the site yourself.

UPDATED: On May 19th, 2013, Typepad informed me the offending site had been removed.

Is Domain Registry of Canada a scam?

If you’ve received a notification of domain name expiry from Domain Registry of Canada you might want to wonder if it is a scam and think twice before making a payment.

Domain Registry of Canada sends out ‘notifications’ of domain name expiry which said Notice seems to be an invoice. The ‘Notice’ includes renewal fee of $40.00 for one year, $70.00 for two years, and $160.00 for five years.

Problem is I or anyone owning a domain name can renew it for 1/4 of the price offered by Domain Registry of Canada. For example, I renewed one domain for $10.00 for one year at the site already holding my registry. I could have transferred the domain to another company for about the same price and gotten another year free, so 2 years for $10.00.

In bold and all cap type is the phrase “This is a solicitation for the order of services and not a bill, invoice or statement of account due. You are under no obligation to make any payments on account of this offer unless you accept this offer.”

My advice is to not accept their offer.

Is Domain Registry of Canada a scam? I’ll leave that decision up to you, dear reader.

Former Trafford Publishing manager starts Albis Consulting Group.

Trafford Publishing has a reputation for scamming authors and writers, as witnessed by complaints here, here, and here. I could go on, but you can search the net yourself.

According to the Albis web site, Jose Albis, President, Albis Consulting Group, “During his management, Jose proved to be a pioneer in the industry by incubating revolutionary processes, services and products for Trafford.  His work became industry standards and continue to be implemented by many renowned publishing companies including Authors Solutions Inc. and its subsidiaries.”

Authors should be aware of the past reputation of Trafford, and perform due diligence if considering dealing with his new company Albis Consulting Group.